This Week in Orthodoxy, January 23, 2015

This Week in Orthodoxy, January 23, 2015


Welcome to “This Week in Orthodoxy,” the world’s only online video newscast focused on events in the life of the Orthodox Church. I’m Emmy Louvaris.

These are the stories making headlines this week:

The Orthodox Church condemns the newest cover by French satirical magazine, Charlie Hebdo.
Orthodox Christians participate in the March for Life in DC.
Thousands visit the newly canonized Saint Paisios’ gravesite.
The OCA consecrates a new Bishop in San Francisco.

Segment 1: News from Around the Globe

Orthodox Leaders Condemn Charlie Hebdo Cover

In response to the release of the first publication of the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo since 12 were shot dead on January 7, officials from the Georgian Orthodox and Russian Orthodox churches have condemned insults to Muslims’ religious convictions due to the magazine cover, which features a cartoon of the Prophet Muhammad.

“Caricatures insulting the Muslims’ religious feelings have been released again in a large print run,” the Patriarchate of Georgia wrote in an official statement. “We are therefore saying that as lynching and terrorism cannot be justified, so the profanation of the Muslim or any other religious values must be condemned.”

The head of the Synodal Department for Church and Society Relations of the Moscow Patriarchate also spoke out against the cartoon, saying, “We need to fight against terror; terror can’t be justified. But it doesn’t mean that we have to side with provocative blasphemy or insult of certain personalities.”

Orthodox Bishops Join Annual March for Life

On to the U.S Capital, where the Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops sent a delegation to the annual March for Life on January 22, in Washington, DC. The date marks the 42nd anniversary of the Roe v. Wade decision that legalized abortion.

Metropolitan Methodios led the delegation, joined by Metropolitan Tikhon, Bishop Michael, and Bishop Demetrios Mokissos. On the evening before the March, Metropolitan Methodios attended the National Prayer Vigil for Life at The Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in DC. The rally began at noon on Thursday on the National Mall.

Thousands Visit Gravesite of New Saint

Last week, we reported on the canonization of Elder Paisios as a new Saint in the Orthodox church, and a week later, the small Northern Greek town of Souroti has seen thousands of Orthodox faithful making a pilgrimage to his gravesite. Traveling from throughout the Balkan region, they participated in a Divine Liturgy and a five-night prayer service at a local women’s monastery.

Saint Paisios’ canonization is the second fastest in recent church history. Saint Nektarios of Pentapolis was canonized 40 years after his death in 1921. Miracles needn’t be performed in order to determine Sainthood in the Orthodox faith. In many cases, a candidate’s reputation plays an integral role in determining sainthood.

Saint Paisios is commemorated on July 12th.

Site for Episcopal Consecration Set

Finally, in San Francisco, the site for an Episcopal Consecration has been determined. Archimandrite Daniel will be consecrated as an OCA Bishop on January 23rd-24th with His Beatitude, Metropolitan Tikhon, presiding over the services with members of the Holy Synod of Bishops co-celebrating. The following Sunday, Bishop Daniel will conduct his first Divine Liturgy at the Protection/Saint Seraphim Church in Santa Rosa, California.

Born in 1954, Archimandrite Daniel was raised Roman Catholic and was attending seminary when he was first introduced to the teachings of the Fathers. By the 1970s, he began integrating Orthodox Theology into his regular works. He served the Catholic church until 1997, when he converted to Orthodox Christianity and was vested by His Grace, Bishop Tikhon as an Orthodox Priest.

For more details on the Consecration ceremonies and other activities in the OCA Diocese of San Francisco, please visit

Segment 2: News from OCN

Archbishop Demetrios Speaks on “Selma”
In news from OCN, our own Fr. Chris spoke with His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America on the events that led to the 1965 March in Selma, AL, and the call for Orthodox Christians to defend God-given freedoms for every human being. His Eminence states that it’s not about politics, but that we have a deep-rooted calling to fight for human freedoms.

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That brings another edition of “This Week in Orthodoxy,” to a close. For everyone in our studios, I’m Emmy Louvaris. Let’s go forth in peace.

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About author

Dean Argiris

Constantine (Dean) Argiris is a lifelong Orthodox Christian from the Greek Orthodox Metropolis of Chicago who has devoted his time to raising awareness of the 1915-1922 Asia Minor Genocide. His works on the Greek economic crisis have been published in international Greek diaspora news media outlets. Professionally, he works in the political scene as a Staff Assistant to a Chicago Alderman. Previously, he worked as a party-paid staffer for the Illinois Senate, a Regional Field Director for President Obama's "Organizing for America" and has run a number of federal and state level political campaigns as an independent consultant.